How Many Layers Are Typical For A Wedding Cake??

Decorating By ZlatkaT Updated 28 Jun 2009 , 2:05am by Renaejrk

ZlatkaT Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 5:48pm
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My friend asked me to do a wedding cake for her, so I did a practice cake with a 4 layers (3 fillings), and it looks to much - not pretty, when cut. She suggested to do 3 layers with a 2 fillings, but I told her that the cake would be 6" high (I need to bake each pan 3 times). Is that typical? How do you do a wedding cakes??

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HipnotiqGlamour Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 6:01pm
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I did a 3 tier wedding cake we decided upon 3( 2 inch) layers of cake and two layers of filling. I got many complements on that cake as well.

Ruth0209 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 6:08pm
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My cake tiers are about 4" to 4 1/2" tall. 6" is taller than most.

If you bake two cakes and torte each, then you'll have three layers of filling between the four thinner layers, which is a better proportion of cake/filling, and ends up being about 4 - 4 1/2".

icer101 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 6:17pm
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most tiered wedding cakes, etc. are 4-41/2" tall. the one i made for this week end for 50th anniversary is too tall for me. they are 5" tall. i don,t like it ..they are 8.10,12 " tiers. doesn,t have much room to work with for edges. mine , from now on will be at least the norm.. 4 inches tall.. leahs on this site.. makes sure hers are 4" tall . for the single plate system she uses. hth

indydebi Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 6:24pm
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Also bear in mind that most dessert plates are about 6", so if you have a 6" or taller cake, some of the cake may lop over the edge of the plate, which is not attractive at all.

4" tall is the industry standard. If you want more than 2 layers of cake, torting is a great solution.

JenniferMI Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 12:18am
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My average wedding cake is three tiers...each tier is two, 2" layers with either frosting or filling between.

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ZlatkaT Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 1:37am
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So, if I get it right, typical is 4" high with 1 filling?? or 3 fillings?

Ruth0209 Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 1:58am
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Originally Posted by ZlatkaT

So, if I get it right, typical is 4" high with 1 filling?? or 3 fillings?

I always torte mine so I have three layers of filling per tier.

Renaejrk Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 2:05am
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3 layers of filling is what I do - it looks so nice when you cut into it that way, and if you are using fondant, you can just crumbcoat the outside, but have all the yummy filling inside!

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